Todd W. Brown
This title was written before Chris Hardwick became the face of The Talking Dead and seemingly every popular television show's post episode wrap up. I was not into MTV after it stopped showing videos, so I missed that phase of his career. No biggie.
All that said, this book is perhaps one of the best "self-help" titles out there as far as I am concerned. The main reason is that, while he certainly takes his subject seriously, he shows no such regard for himself. He is as real as it gets while still sharing a valuable series of tenets to adopt and practice. While I may not dig everything he laid down, there was an awful lot to try and make into my own personal program.
Not a week after I finished, I ran an obstacle course race. That final obstacle was outside of my comfort zone. Yet, with encouragement from my step-daughter who was there waiting at the finish line, I went at it FOUR times. I failed three of them. Afterwards, I allowed that 60 second self-hug he talks about. Hardwick's voice rang in my ears that day. I will actually be returning to this title over the next few months as I work on some of the other ideas here.
yaoi fangirl #1990
I would recommend this book to any one I know that was 1 a nerd and 2 liked comedy. This book was fantastic. I laughed at times, rolled my eyes at times, listened attentively almost the entire time and walked away learning something new and felt like Chris Hardwick really had helped me. I felt like he understood me as a "nerd" on that level and his words really reached me.
I really felt Chris was right across from me talking to me about how he changed his life and as a result I could also change mine. Even though he was not there.
My favorite section was YOU ARE WORTH IT! it's hard for me to remember that sometimes.
I would have listened to this book in one sitting if time had allowed. There were times I cursed arriving to work or home because I wanted to keep listening.
IT was funny and insightful. I had a lot of good Ah Ha moments. well worth my 1 credit.
The complete story, is very good. Talking about overcoming his lazy and ignorant youth, changing into a smart business minded person is very interesting.
The parts of the book where he talks about his work out regimens though seem to go on for too long.
Practical guide for living for Nerd Brain people.
I would definitely recommend this book. Hardwick's narration is fun and the content is amazing. Some might overlook this book because of the word "nerd" in the title, but this is hands down the best self-help book I've read (or in this case listened to).
Awesome, Informative, Surprising.
I really enjoyed the ending chapters of the book. The hardest part of getting things done is getting out of your own way and STARTING. This really hit home for me, and was great to hear, knowing I am not the only person who struggles with this 'obstacle.'
The final chapters, as mentioned before, really hit home for me. It's good to know that someone who was so far down the wrong path was able to right himself and become such a success!
I was pretty disappointed with the chapters highlighting the workouts he recommends. This is not to say that the entire chapter/discussion/section on personal fitness is to be skipped, but the explanations of each exercise and the phrase "2 sets of 10 to 15 reps" will resonate with people who agree with me. This was in the book, and therefore should be in the audiobook, but I ended up skipping forward, as it began to be irritating.
Chris Hardwick's delivery was wonderful. He takes an important topic and makes it enjoyable (both in the book itself and his performance). I am not a nerd but I loved this book, mostly because he read it himself.
The topics he covers for his nerd brethren are important and delivered in a way that makes you want to listen (and follow).
His delivery is great and you can tell he is excited and committed to what he writes about.
When he talks about turning his own life around and how he methodically went about it--quit drinking, got fit, improved his finances, and took control over his life. He provides a systematic way that others can follow.